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Line breaks: ergo|nom¦ics
Pronunciation: /ˌəːɡəˈnɒmɪks

Definition of ergonomics in English:

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The study of people’s efficiency in their working environment.
Example sentences
  • Have fun while learning about gravity, anatomy, ergonomics, and social dynamics!
  • To designers, though, ergonomics means comfortable efficiency - an excellent goal.
  • Along with ergonomics, precision and efficiency have become important issues as well.


1950s: from Greek ergon 'work', on the pattern of economics.



Example sentences
  • Then, just when I thought everything had been sorted about the keyboard, I got an email asking if I wanted an ergonomic or a normal one.
  • Slats of dark wood fixed to a high-polished marble base create an ergonomic bed in which the owner can experience the luxury of a spa in the comforts of home.
  • A dedicated employee, he developed user-friendly machines and gadgets with improved ergonomic status.


Example sentences
  • The most ergonomically efficient interface between man and machine ever invented (discuss, with examples) also lends itself to the most gruelling of sports.
  • The dash houses ergonomically designed controls, with intuitive air-con (fitted as standard) and a combined CD / tape unit.
  • Many forward-thinking companies are already purchasing ergonomically designed furniture, keyboards and mice.


Pronunciation: /əːˈɡɒnəmɪst/
Example sentences
  • In general it will become more ‘lean back’ - the ergonomist's description of the human posture with TV - rather than ‘lean forward’, which is what PCs demand at the present.
  • For the ergonomist or architect, the task is to understand the nature of the work and the best conditions for doing it, and then to design round these criteria.
  • Claims that a product is ergonomically designed need to be backed up by evidence that qualified ergonomists have contributed to the analysis, design, testing, and evaluation.

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